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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 4-3 in 10. DH Kyle Roller 2 for 2, rbi. 3 hits for infielder Jose Pirela.

AA: Trenton lost 5-3. Solo HR DH Rob Segedin. Solo HR SS Tyler Wade.

High A: Tampa off.

A: Charleston lost 3-2. Two hits for CF Devyn Bolasky.

The minors, and trade deadline risks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Yankees off yesterday, a look at the minors and a look at risks at the trade deadline.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 on a walkoff inside-the-park HR by CF Ben Gamel. Kyle Davies 7 IP, 1 unearned run. 3 h, 1 walk and 8 K.  Caleb Cotham two scoreless IP of relief. (W, 2–0, 1.07). Gamel also had a double. Besides Gamel, 1B Greg Bird and 3B Jose Pirela each had two hits.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. LF Ericson Leonora a 2-run HR. Five others with two hits each. Jordan Montgomery 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

A: Charleston off.

Funny how people are still complaining that the Yanks didn’t do a major splash at the trade deadline. I have a few thoughts on that.

For those who say that “the Boss” would have done something, face facts. The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has been dead for five years now. Accept that fact and accept that it is a new regime with his son Hal who isn’t his father. He will run things differently. Also, things weren’t always peaches and cream with George. Remember him trading away talents like Jay Buhner, Bob Tewksbury and Doug Drabek?

So for those who wanted a big deal, were you really going to trade away Luis Severino for what may turn out to be a two-month rental? As much as I would like the Yankees to win every year, you don’t want to sacrifice the future for a one-year quick fix. And don’t kid yourself. You can’t get something for nothing. The Yanks would have had to give up top talent like Severino to get something. You weren’t getting a David Price type talent for lower tier talent.

Here are examples of teams that went for it and paid for it.

8-12-87. The Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. Alexander goes 9-0 down the stretch for the Tigers. The Tigers make the playoffs as the AL East champ and lose the ALCS to the Twins. Alexander goes 14-11 in 1988 and 6-18 (leading the majors in losses) in 1989 then retires. The Tigers don’t make it back to the playoffs until 2006. Smoltz goes to the Braves, is in the playoffs every year from 1991-2005 (except for the 1994 strike) and goes to be a Hall of Famer.

8/30/1990: The Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Andersen. Andersen goes 0-0, 1.23 as a two-month rental. Boston wins the division but loses the ALCS to Oakland. Bagwell goes on to hit 449 HR for the Astros. He played a lot in the cavernous Astrodome. Imagine him with the Green Monster at Fenway.

Is that what these people want?

Also, some people, upset with Stephen Drew, are wondering if the Yanks should pursue Chase Utley. I wonder if these people realize that Utley, although the greatest Phillie 2B ever (and JAWS has him ranked 12th best 2B all-time), has been worse than Drew this year.

Drew: 32, $5MM, free agent after this year. 94 g. .194-13-32, OPS+ 77.

Utley: 36, $15MM, 69 games, .190-4-28. OPS+ 55. Utley has had a far better career than Drew, and is a borderline Hall of Famer.  His vesting option ($15MM each of the next three years) will not kick in because he won’t make 500 plate appearances this year. But a lot of money for someone four years older who is having a WORSE year for even Drew. Utley WAS great. He no longer IS.

Really, do you want that?

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 9-1. LF Ben Gamel 3 h, 2 doubles, 2 rbi. DH Gary Sanchez 3 for 4, 2 doubles,  3 rbi. 3B Jose Pirela 3 for 4, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 4-2, getting just four hits.

High A: Tampa won 7-6. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. SS Jorge Mateo with a double and a triple.

A: Charleston lost 4-2. Two hits each for SS Angel Aguilar and C Collin Staybaugh.

The Minors. Severino shines.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Here is a reason why the Yanks won’t include Luis Severino in any deal. SWB beat LV 9-4 Wednesday night, and Severino was great. Granted, he threw 2 WP and hit a batter, but

Severino 6 IP, 3 R (ALL UNEARNED) 1 H, 0 walks and 10 K. He is 7-0, 1.91 at AAA and overall this year 9-2, 2.45 between AA/AAA. Umm….. he is 21 years old.

All four runs SWB gave up were unearned due to two errors by Refsnyder and one by Pirela. Refsnyder did have two doubles in the game. CF Ben Gamel had 2 hits, including a HR, and 2 RBI. C Gary Sanchez and DH Austin Romine each had 2 hits and 2 RBI and 1B Greg Bird (one of the “untouchables”) had 2 hits, 2 RBI, inc. a HR.

AA: Trenton won 4-2. Caleb Smith 1 R in 5 2/3 IP.

High A: A 2-1 loss for Tampa. 2B Tyler Wade with a triple and two walks.

A: Charleston off.

The Minors. Lail makes batters flail.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 10-2. CF Ben Gamel 2 hits, 3 rbi. LF Jose Pirela 2 hits, HR, 4 rbi. Aaron Judge still out with a day-to-day issue. Bryan Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R.

AA: Trenton won 3-0 on a two-hitter. Brady Lail (6-3, 2.24) went all the way. DH Mark Payton hit a 2-run HR. 3 hits and an RBI for 2B Tony Renda.

High A: Tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 2-0 win. 2 hits and an RBI for Michael O’Neill (Paul’s nephew).

Game 2: 2-1 loss. Two hits for SS Tyler Wade.

A: Charleston won 7-2. CF Slade Heathcott started his rehab and went 0 for 3. DH Jorge Mateo stole his 68th base of the season. 3 hits and an rbi for 1B Leonard Thompson, Three others with two hits and an rbi each.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Aaron Judge has been out a week with what is described as a day-to-day issue. SWB won 9-3. Luis Severino improved his AAA record to 6-0, 2.11, even though he gave up 3 runs in 5 IP. He most likely was a bit rusty from the break and having a start skipped because he became a new daddy. Overall, (AA/AAA) the 21-year-old is 8-2, 2.60 in 18 starts this year. DH Ramon Flores, 1B  Kyle Roller and SS Gregorio Petit all drove in two runs. Each of the top four guys in the lineup (CF Ben Gamel, LF Jose Pirela, Flores and 2B Rob Refsnyder) had two hits each.

AA:  Trenton lost 2-1 in 17 innings. Outfielders Taylor Dugas (the losing pitcher) and Danny Oh had to pitch.

High A: Tampa ppd.

A: Charleston won 8-7. LF Griffin Gordon 2 h, 2 rbi. SB #67 SS Jorge Mateo.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 10-5. SWB banged out 15 hits. DH Jose Pirela 3 hits, rbi. 1B Greg Bird double, HR, 3 rbi. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 hits, 2 rbi. SS Gregorio Petit 2 rbi. LF Ramon Flores 2 h, Rbi, same for C Gary Sanchez.

AA: Trenton won 5-1. Jaron Long five scoreless innings of relief. 1B Billy Fleming 2 h, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa won 6-2. 1B Dante Bichette, Jr. and RF Jake Skole 2 h and 2 rbi each.

A: Charleston got shutout 2-0, getting just three hits. SS Jorge Mateo SB #66, but he made his 19th error.